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    Diet options for swaying

    Updated 12-22-17

    On this site, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to sway and no one "official" diet. We present data from various sources, and then it is up to each individual to make up their minds about what diet is best for them and what makes the most sense to them.

    However, since some of these diets are a bit contradictory, it is leading to some confusion so let's do a quick comparison of the various diets (and a few other ones just for fun!)

    1) The French Gender Diet - based on the idea that mineral ratios and not any other factors (cal/mag for girls, sodium and potassium for boys) sway gender. Somewhat restrictive. More info is available in these threads http://genderdreaming.com/forum/show...t-Introduction and in the Dream Member Private forum. To become a Dream Member and access the FGD stuff plus a lot of other cool things beside, please click here: http://genderdreaming.com/forum/payments.php

    2)The IG-Style diet: This diet is found on the In-Gender site at Trying to conceive a girl? Read this! .... Last updated 8/11 in Extreme Gender Swaying Forum (for pink) and Trying to conceive a boy? Read this! ... Last updated 8/11 in FAQ Forum (for blue) It incorporates ideas from the French Gender Diet, the acid/alkaline diet, and a few other diets. It is highly restrictive and may be difficult or even harmful for people to follow in the long term.

    3)The Trivers-Willard-style diet or "High-Everything" for boys, "Low-Everything" for girls. This is based on the idea that when food is plentiful, your body is more likely to conceive a boy and when food is scarcer, you are more likely to conceive a girl. It is somewhat restrictive, but there is much more flexibility to this diet than the others.

    High Everything Diet is found here: http://genderdreaming.com/forum/tryi...l-version.html

    Low Everything Diet is found here: http://genderdreaming.com/forum/tryi...l-version.html

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    4)Acid/Alkaline diet - based on the idea that being very acidic sways pink and being very alkaline sways blue. This is not a specific swaying diet but people have used it as part of a sway attempt (and the IG-style diet is partially based on this premise). Less restrictive than some of the other diets. Diets and info is available at many places online but here is one to start with http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/

    5)Vegetarian/Vegan for TTC pink - A vegetarian/vegan diet seems to sway pink - although this is not a swaying diet per se and it is very possible to conceive boys even if you are vegetarian, it may be a good choice for people who have a hard time sticking to other diets.

    6) The Caveman or Paleolithic Diet for Blue -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet This is not a swaying diet per se, but is instead based on the idea that we should eat like our ancient ancestors, mostly meats and vegetables with little to no refined carbohydrates. http://www.cavemanpower.com/food/cav...ower_diet.html

    7)Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb diets - There have been mixed results with both boys and girls conceived while people were following these diets. Until more is known, it's probably best to avoid being on a very low-carb diet while trying to conceive if for no other reason than it may not be safe for a baby.

    8)General weight loss diets such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. These have seemed to help some people sway pink. Weight loss and reducing calories does seem to help with a pink sway.

    More information about losing/gaining weight for swaying can be found here. http://genderdreaming.com/forum/gend...tml#post960313
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    So how do you decide what diet is right for you? You will find foods that are ok on some diets that are not ok on others (don't panic, that doesn't mean that the diet doesn't sway, it may sway differently). Some have a lot of evidence to back them up and others have very little. One may just make "sense" to you on a gut level, when you think about how you ate before conceiving your other children. But most importantly you may find that one of the diets fits in better with your lifestyle than another does. If this is the case, then that's the diet for you. It does NO good killing yourself trying to follow a diet that you hate - either you'll cheat or you'll risk ruining your sway by increasing your stress level.

    Not saying even a little bit that anyone should throw diet out the window when things get a little tough, because diet is one of the things that has the most evidence supporting it, but if you really truly find that you cannot follow the diet you are on, if it is ruining your life, your health, or giving you tons of stress and aggravation, it's time to stop and choose a new one.

    There IS no one size, fits all swaying diet - both boys and girls have been conceived while their parents were eating a wide variety of food. It's my hope that everyone looks at the various diets and chooses the one that feels right for them. Please read http://genderdreaming.com/forum/show...magic+foods%27 and http://genderdreaming.com/forum/show...ule-of-swaying!
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    Brilliant! Now people can come here for a quick read through the different idea's behind swaying options and see which sounds good to them. I'm really looking forward to seeing results in 12-18 months time, it'sall quite exciting really isn't it!!

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    This helps a lot--but I still can't decide what diet to do! I wish I had more time to choose. We are planning to start TTC our boy in October, so I need to start the diet in a few months--I need to figure out which one is going to work best, and FAST!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomic sagebrush View Post

    6) The Caveman or Paleolithic Diet for Blue -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet This is not a swaying diet per se, but is instead based on the idea that we should eat like our ancient ancestors, mostly meats and vegetables with little to no refined carbohydrates. http://www.cavemanpower.com/food/cav...ower_diet.html http://www.earth360.com/diet_paleodiet_balzer.html http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/pal...eodietfood.htm

    7)Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb diets - There have been mixed results with both boys and girls conceived while people were following these diets. Until more is known, it's probably best to avoid being on a very low-carb diet while TTC if for no other reason than it may not be safe for a baby.
    I am wondering why Atkins would be much different in terms of safety for the baby than the Cavemen diet. I was thinking the allowance of milk products and later fruits and some carbs would make it a bit healthier. Can you talk a little more about it?
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    currently preparing to sway for starting March 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demeter View Post
    I am wondering why Atkins would be much different in terms of safety for the baby than the Cavemen diet. I was thinking the allowance of milk products and later fruits and some carbs would make it a bit healthier. Can you talk a little more about it?
    Because when you do the Atkins diet, it's all about getting into a state called "ketosis" where your body is burning fat for fuel rather than carbs (your body has no choice because you are eating no carbs.) Chemicals are released called "ketones" that may cause birth defects http://www.atkinsexposed.org/atkins/..._Pregnancy.htm

    Great q, thanks for asking!
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    Any updates on the "in-betweeners" diet, Atomic? I'm interested in doing the LE pink diet, but in a way that doesn't make family meals impossible. And if it's easier to stick to, that's a plus!
    DS is nearly 3 yo. Swayed for a , but we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming a , sweet little brother for DS.
    Jan: started LE diet. Feb & March: BFNs. Chemical in April.
    May: Appendicitis at 9dpo; hospital blood test was BFN.
    Absolutely shocked by a BFP after I got home from the appendectomy. Luckily, the pregnancy was not affected in any way by this early experience. He's a healthy, robust little one!

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    I'm sorry, I am trying but just not enough hours in the day.

    Switching to vegetarian is all you need to do - someday I WILL have cookbooks and diets for all three iterations of the diets.
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    8- general weight loss ? (i.e. slimming world or other calorie counting plan?)

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    done thank you! great idea.
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